If you are in the pursuit of a perfect cup of coffee, then you are in the right place. Chances are that if someone asked you what type of coffee you wanted ten years ago, your answer would have probably been pretty predictable. Americano, espresso, latte or flat white right?
In this day and age, there are so many new and progressive coffee brewing methods available; you may have a tough time deciding. Pour over? Aeropress? Cold-drip? The list goes on. This guide serves as a good place to start in deciding which method to use to brew your coffee.
Here are our top 5 home brewing methods, but remember, everything from the grinder you use to the water in your tap can make the coffee taste different, as well the type of coffee you use. So use these as guidelines rather than law and play around with your brewer and parameters to get each coffee to taste just as you like it and be sure to use luxury beans like CoffeeGram.
- The Aeropress
To the inexperienced, the Aeropress can look more like a science project that a brewing coffee apparatus. This brewing method requires a 3 piece tool that includes the Aeropress, an Aeropress filter and an Aeropress stir stick. Despite the highly technical image the apparatus gives off, it is surprisingly easy, fast and requires minimal effort.
The right water temperature, the right level of air pressure and the right grind size will leave you with an unbeatable tasting brew. There are 4 grind sizes for brewing Aeropress coffee that all create different tasting brews, a favourite being Aeropress espresso.
The resulting brew is beautiful in colour and taste. It is more of a clean tasting coffee and is great if you appreciate a quick brewing and great tasting coffee.
- The Espresso Machine
The espresso machine has been keeping us caffeinated since 1901 and holds a long history within the coffee world. The flash looking machine may seem intimidating, but the basics of brewing are the same: pressurised water is pushed through a chamber of finely ground coffee beans, through a filter, resulting in what is commonly known as a shot of espresso.
The best type of grind for this brewing is a fine and consistent one and brew time can depend on your machine, but once the machine is warmed up it will only take 20-30 seconds to make the coffee. This method is great for both ends of the scale, milky brew lovers and those that like a quick and sharp hit of caffeine.
- The Moka Pot
This is the nest best thing to an Espresso Machine in providing an espresso shot kick, and the apparatus is a lot cheaper. It has a 3 chambered process, the water in the bottom chamber boils and the steam causes pressure that pushes water up through the coffee grounds into the top chamber. This brewing method requires a Moka pot, fire or heat and a Moka pot filter.
This is the closest thing to an espresso shot you can get and its great if you are on a budget, need something portable and don’t want the clean and thin taste from brew drip coffee. Expect a sharp and strong taste from this method and enjoy the same taste and texture of a shot of espresso.
- The French Press
The French Press has been around for centuries and has a loyal fan base among the home brewing community. The reason being, this method produces a brew with a unique taste and feel like no other method. It is also extremely easy to use and light on your wallet. You can even brew cold coffee with a French Press.
A course grind is best for this method and it will result in a unique and aromatic coffee that is full of flavour. You’ll need about 10 minutes to brew this coffee, but you have the ability to make large pots of coffee without having to repeat the process over and over.
- Drip Coffee
This method involves pouring hot water over ground coffee beans. The brew is strained with a paper filter or a metal or plastic mesh. The coffee produced is clear and clean with a high ratio of caffeine extracted per spoon of ground coffee.
You get what you pay for with Drip Coffee equipment, fork out for a high end machine and you will produce good coffee, but its only average with cheap equipment.